Covid figures tallied for greater Murrysville area for the week of Feb. 22, 2021

Patrick Varine, The Tribune-Review, Greensburg
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Feb. 23—The most recent data from the state Department of Health shows 1,224 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Murrysville area since the pandemic started in March 2020.

Of those positive results, 16 cases were reported in the past seven days.

The health department on Monday released figures for the three ZIP codes that comprise the region.

The largest number of cases, 559, are from residents in the 15668 area, which is strictly Murrysville. That represents an additional 14 cases since Feb. 15.

In the 15632 area, which encompasses Export, much of eastern Murrysville and a slice of Washington Township, there were 422 confirmed cases — up an additional two.

And there have been 243 confirmed cases in the 15626 area, which includes Delmont along with small slivers of Murrysville and Salem, which is one fewer than last week. State health officials could not be immediately reached regarding the discrepancy in positive test figures.

Probable cases across the three ZIP codes number 557 since March.

There have been 6,583 negative test results in those areas, figures show. Of the total tests administered, 8,364, the region has seen just over 14.6% come back positive.

After a start to the school year which saw just seven positive cases up through the Thanksgiving holiday, the Franklin Regional School District has joined others in battling to ensure positive cases are identified and quarantined and school buildings can remain open as much as possible.

The district has installed a covid-19 tracking feature on its website, FRSDk12.org, under the "Covid-19 Information" tab. As of Feb. 12, there is one active case, at Sloan Elementary School.

According to the state's tracking website, in Westmoreland County there have been 18,706 confirmed cases, 7,645 probable cases, 85,590 negative tests and 664 deaths since the outbreak began.

Despite a small spike in late June and early July, the county's daily confirmed case counts had remained relatively low until a sharp uptick beginning in late September. That number went back and forth, but has skyrocketed far beyond the pandemic's early stages, reaching an all-time single-day high of 747 positive cases reported on Dec. 10.

After a handful of single-day spikes in the days following the Christmas and New Year's holidays, countywide numbers have been slowly decreasing since early December. Daily positive case counts have recently dropped back to early October levels.

Patrick Varine is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Patrick at 724-850-2862, pvarine@triblive.com or via Twitter .